S. Korean Delegation To Visit UAE To Discuss Nuclear Project
Sumaira FH 14 days ago Fri 30th November 2018 | 02:48 PM
A South Korean delegation will visit the United Arab Emirates (UAE) next week to discuss the operational plan for the Middle Eastern nation's first nuclear power plant, the energy ministry said Friday.
SEOUL, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News, app - 30th Nov, 2018 ) :A South Korean delegation will visit the United Arab Emirates (UAE) next week to discuss the operational plan for the middle Eastern nation's first nuclear power plant, the energy ministry said Friday.
Senior officials from the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy and state-run utility firms, including the Korea Electric Power Corp. (KEPCO) and Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power (KHNP), will visit the UAE from Dec. 3-6 to discuss issues related to the Barakah nuclear power plant.
Their visit comes after Nawah Energy Company, a unit of the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC), recently signed a long-term service agreement for the Barakah plant with French energy company EDF.
Under the agreement, the EDF said it will provide Nawah with services in operational safety, radiation protection, fuel cycle management and environmental monitoring.
A consortium led by KHNP has been vying for a long-term maintenance agreement, with Nawah expected to open a bid in the first half of next year, according to KEPCO.
"We are currently operating the prototypes of Barakah nuclear reactors and have expertise in construction and related data," Kim Dong-seop, a senior KEPCO official, said during the meeting. "If UAE trusts our expertise, we will have a competitive edge." Seoul is pushing to gradually phase out nuclear power on rising safety concerns, while seeking ways to export indigenous nuclear reactors to maintain the local supply chain and workforces.
During his visit to the Czech Republic, President Moon Jae-in touted the advanced technology and safety of Korean-made reactors and expressed hope for an upcoming nuclear bid in the Eastern European nation.